Age-Friendly Funding Alerts: Community Transit Grant Program Now Open!

May 10, 2023

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly to consider the following funding opportunities:

MassDOT’s FY24 Community Transit Grant Program is now open for applications for operating and mobility management projects to expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. If you would like to apply, contact Rachel Fichtenbaum for application training and the application forms: or (857) 368-8584. Applications are due June 23, 2023.

Later this year, MassDOT will open applications for wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Currently, only the operating and mobility management applications are open.

Reminders on current funding opportunities:

The next grant round of Festivals & Projects will support activities incorporating the arts, humanities, or sciences that provide community and/or public benefit and take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. These awards of $2,500 will support outdoor performances, art workshops, public art projects, pop-up markets, small capital projects, art and nature hikes, regional food festivals, cultural celebrations – and more – across the Commonwealth.

More information is available here.

The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program is designed to fund visual art on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in cities. Typically, the projects are painted murals, organized in collaboration between city governments and local communities, with the following primary goals:

    • Improving street and pedestrian safety
    • Revitalizing and activating underutilized public space
    • Promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities

The program will award up to 20 cities grants of up to $25,000 each, as well as on-call technical assistance from the tactical urbanism firm Street Plans. Winning cities are expected to be announced in fall 2023 for projects installing during calendar year 2024.

More information is available here.

A new $1.5M grant opportunity is available from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) funded by the American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Services. The Enhancing Digital Literacy for Older Adults Grant will provide municipal Councils on Aging (COAs) up to $100,000 per COA to purchase devices, software, or broadband for older adults; and/or provide training and support for older adults to enhance digital literacy.

COAs must apply online before May 22, 2023 using the MassGRANTS application portal.